Minneapolis, US - Cargill has broken ground on a $22 million manufacturing plant for BIOH brand polyols in Chicago, the company announced 8 July. The new facility, expected to be operational in November, will be the first world-scale biobased polyols plant, claims the company.
The new plant will produce Cargill's BiOH soya-bean-based polyols - an ingredient that replaces petroleum based chemicals traditionally used in polyurethane products, such as flexible foam.
"Only two years ago we committed to building a world-class renewable polyols business and to bring a more responsible option to the industry," said Yusuf Wazirzada, business unit leader for Cargill Biobased Polyurethanes.
He continued, " We are rapidly delivering on that promise, first by opening a world-class research facility and now by constructing a world-scale manufacturing plant."
Cargill says its BiOH polyols "provide a responsible choice in raw materials for furniture cushioning, bedding foams, automotive seats, and building insulation." The company also said that manufacturing BiOH polyols results in 36 percent less global-warming emissions and requires 61 percent less non-renewable energy than traditional petroleum-based polyols, adding that, "for every 1 million lbs (454 tonnes) of BiOH polyols that replace petroleum polyols, 2200 barrels of crude oil are saved."
Cargill claims that BiOH polyols can deliver unique performance benefits when used in flexible foam applications, including consistent product quality, low odour and load-bearing capabilities.